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HB 5223 - Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients - Key Vote

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Legislation - Referred to Committee (Senate) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (71-37) - (Key vote)

Title: Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that requires drug screening and testing for some applicants and recipients of Family Independence Program Assistance.

Highlights:
  • Requires the Department of Human Services to administer “suspicion-based” substance abuse screening and testing for applicants and recipients of cash assistance under the Family Independence Program Assistance (Sec. 57V).
  • Requires the Department of Human Services to administer an “empirically validated substance abuse screening tool” to determine whether a “reasonable” suspicion exists that an applicant has engaged in the prohibited use of a controlled substance (Sec. 57V).
  • Requires applicants or recipients who are determined to exhibit a “reasonable” suspicion to take a substance abuse test (Sec. 57V).
  • Specifies that individuals who refuse to take a substance abuse test are ineligible for Family Independence Program Assistance but may reapply in 6 months, subject to another substance abuse screening (Sec. 57V).
  • Specifies that applicants or recipients who test positive for the prohibited use of a controlled substance can proceed in one of the following ways (Sec. 57V):
    • The applicant or recipient will be ineligible for Family Independence Program Assistance but may reapply in 6 months provided that he/she tests negative for controlled substances; or
    • The applicant or recipient can enroll in a substance abuse program during which he/she is ineligible for Family Independence Program Assistance and after 90 days may retake the substance abuse test and may apply for Family Independence Program Assistance if he/she passes.
  • Requires the cost of administering a drug test to be deducted from the first payment of a recipient of Family Independence Program Assistance (Sec. 57V).
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Requires Drug Testing for Certain Welfare Recipients

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